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Clarkson Eyecare partners on project to provide glasses to underprivileged


From Illinois Business Journal new services

ST. LOUIS — Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eye care groups in the Midwest, recently introduced “You See, We Give,” a project in honor of World Sight Day.

The project is an ongoing partnership with RestoringVision, a nonprofit that sources new eyeglasses and supplies them to people in developing countries or the underprivileged in the U.S. For each pair of eyeglasses purchased at Clarkson Eyecare, Clarkson will donate a pair to RestoringVision.

Since RestoringVision’s inception in late 2003, it has supplied more than 3 million glasses to people in 75 countries and has worked with more than 800 different outreach groups.
Mark Sachs, RestoringVision director, has been on four optical missions to developing countries.

“It was extremely gratifying to see people experience clear vision for the first time. Equally compelling was seeing adults who could no longer do the things they loved or the things they had to do because they could not focus on their hands. Once they received their reading glasses, their lives were immediately transformed.”

Sachs said he is grateful for Clarkson Eyecare’s staff and their patients “for bringing the gift of clear vision to people everywhere.”
Anthony Nunn, CEO of Clarkson Eyecare, said the partnership with RestoringVision “will enhance our mission and enable us to expand our efforts around the world.”

About Clarkson Eyecare

Based in St. Louis, and founded in 1979, Clarkson Eyecare offers comprehensive medical eye care services at more than 100 offices located throughout Missouri, Southern Illinois, Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.

About World Sight Day

World Sight Day is a global observance event that focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is observed on the second Thursday of October each year to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues, to influence governments to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programs, and to educate target audiences about blindness prevention.

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